Influences


My Catholic world view was greatly influenced by the following scientists, philosophers, theologians, apologists, authors, public speakers and debaters:

 

Mortimer J. Adler, Jimmy AkinMarcellino d'Ambrosio, Mother Angelica, Elizabeth Anscombe, Anselm of Canterbury, Aristotle, Dave Armstrong, Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine of Hippo, Douglas AxeLuke Barnes, Michael Barber, Stephen M. Barr, Bishop Robert Barron, Douglas Beaumont, Francis J. Beckwith, Michael Behe, David Berlinski, Craig Blomberg, Jeffrey E. Brower, Karlo Broussard, Thomas Cajetan, William E. Carroll, Jeff CavinsFr. Michael Chaberek, G.K. Chesterton, Francis Collins, William Lane Craig, David Currie, Brian Davies, William Dembski, Michael Denton, James E. Dolezal, Colin Donovan, Hans Driesch, John Eccles, Michael Egnor, Brian Ellis, George F.R. Ellis, Peter Enns, Craig A. Evans, Christopher Ferrara, Edward Feser, Alfred Freddoso, Steve Fuller, Jennifer Fulwiler, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Ann GaugerNorman Geisler, Douglas Geivett, Étienne Gilson, René Girard, Richard Goldschmidt, Marcus GrodiGuillermo Gonzalez, Bruce Gordon, Stuart C. Hackett, Gary Habermas, Scott HahnJohn HaldaneDavid Bentley HartJohn F. Haught, Michael S. Heiser, Trent Horn, William A. Jurgens, Karl Keating, Charles de KoninckRobert C. Koons, Peter Kreeft, Saul Kripke, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Brian Leftow, John Lennox, C.S. Lewis, Mike Licona, Bernard Lonergan, E.J. Lowe, Cardinal Henri de Lubac, Patrick Madrid, Jacques Maritain, Taylor Marshall, John Martignoni, Alister McGrath, Jonathan McLatchieMark McMenamin, Chad Meister, Angus Menuge, Stephen C. Meyer, Gary Michuta, Brian Miller, Bradley John Monton, J.P. Moreland, Simon Conway Morris,Thomas Nagel, Matt NelsonPaul Nelson, Cardinal John Henry Newman, Timothy O'Connor, David Oderberg, Carl E. Olson, Amy Orr-Ewing, Stephen E. ParrishAlvin Plantinga, Nancy Pearcey, Brant Pitre, Plato, Plotinus, Michael Polanyi,John Polkinghorne, Adolf Portmann,Alexander Pruss, Hilary Putnam, Stephen K.  RayMichael ReaVictor Reppert, Alan Rhoda, Jay Wesley Richards, Jesse Romero, Fr. Mario Romero, Devin RoseMichael Rota, John Salza, Otto Schindewolf, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, John Duns Scotus, Paul Seely, Mark Shea, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Rupert SheldrakeWolfgang Smith, David SnokeDinesh d'Souza, Hans Spemann, Fr. Robert Spitzer, Edward Sri, Tim Staples, Rodney Stark, Richard Sternberg, Eleonore Stump, Francisco Suárez, Robert SungenisRichard Swinburne, John Michael TalbotCharles Taliaferro, René Thom, J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Turek,William Vallicella, Brandon Vogt, Michael VorisAron Wall, Alfred Russel Wallace, James Warner Wallace, William A. Wallace, John Walton, Keith WardJonathan Wells, Greg WeltyBen Witherington III, N.T. Wright

 

I seriously warn against pseudo-Catholic heretics like Ron Conte (Catholic Planet) and sedevancantists like Michael & Peter Dimond (Most Holy Family Monastery), even though their websites occasionally feature useful content. I explicitly reject and despise pop-evangelists like Joyce MeyerJoel Osteen, Paula White-Cain, Jesse Duplantis, Benny Hinn, or the Hillsong Church, who teach a  silly gospel of prosperity and happiness as well as other heretical doctrines (see here). I also reject the feel-good Christianity preached by progressive liberal leftists like Rob Bell, which shamelessly curries favor with the zeitgeist.

Lecture of Prof. William Lane Craig on 2nd Nov. 2015 at the university of Vienna / Austria on evidence for God and Christianity, which I attended with my father in law and my nephew.

 

Even though he is Protestant, Dr. Craig's Website Reasonable Faith  represents an excellent web-resource on apologetic arguments for theism and Christianity, but I reject his support of particular Protestant doctrines like the penal substitution theory, his Molinism, his semi-heretical views on the Trinity (partialist Cerberus analogy) and Christology (monotheletism and neo-Apollinarianism), as well as his misguided critique of classical theism (esp. divine simplicity and immutability).

If you have only time to watch a single video, you have to watch this debate of William Lane Craig with the atheist philosopher Alexander Rosenberg. Whatever you believe, I promise that you will learn at lot from it!!!

For about 15 years I thoroughly evaluated and finally rejected several other alternative world views, and extensively studied the writings of the following authors:

 

Hector Avalos (atheist, anti-Christian), Ian Barbour (Process theologian), Dan Barker (ex-Christian turned atheist), Richard Carrier (atheist, NT critic), Paul Davies (process thought), Richard Dawkins (New Atheist, Darwinist), Daniel Dennett (New Atheist, Darwinist), David Deutsch (atheist, physicist), Gary Drescher (atheist, naturalist), Bart Ehrmann (agnostic, NT critic),  Amit Goswami (quantum mysticist), Brian Greene (naturalist, physicist), John Michael Greer (neopagan), David Ray Griffin (process theologian), Sam Harris (New Atheist), Stephen Hawking (atheist, physicist), Christopher Hitchens (New Atheist), Derrick Jensen (neopagan, radical environmentalist), Lawrence Krauss (New Atheist, phycisist), John A. Leslie (axiarchic neoplatonist), John Leslie Mackie (atheist philosopher), John W. Loftus (ex-Christian turned atheist), Friedrich Nietzsche (atheist philosopher, "nihilist"), Graham Oppy (atheist philosopher),  Robert Price (atheist, NT critic), Ayn Rand (atheist, objectivist), Alexander Rosenberg (atheist philosopher), Bede Rundle (atheist philosopher), Bertrand Russell (atheist philosopher), Carl Sagan (atheist, naturalist), Michael Shermer (atheist, skeptic), Peter Singer (atheist philosopher of ethics), Quentin Smith (atheist philosopher), Victor Stenger (New Atheist, physicist), Max Tegmark (atheist, physicist, mathematical monist), Alfred North Whitehead (process philosopher), Ken Wilber (neoperennial philosopher, Integral Theory)